Demps & the Patriots' return game

August, 14, 2012
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Early in the 2010 season, the Patriots' kickoff return game was one of the most explosive in the NFL. Receiver Brandon Tate, a 2009 third-round pick, was a dynamic presence whose contributions as a returner directly led to victories.

But Tate tailed off, ultimately was cut during the 2011 training camp, and the kickoff return unit has been evolving since.

One intriguing possibility has surfaced if the team is considering an addition to the ranks -- former University of Florida football and track star Jeff Demps.

As reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Demps has signed a standard representation agreement for football, with the goal of playing in the 2012 season after competing in the Olympics.

From a Patriots perspective, Demps makes a lot of sense. Not only would he add depth to the offensive backfield, but he could provide an explosive spark to the return game.

Putting on the amateur GM cap, and considering the Patriots now have two open roster spots, why not?

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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